Pictured (from left): EAA Chapter 534 chefs work their magic producing a hardy breakfast for the “Seaplane-A-Palooza” pilots . Jack Paulsen, Paul Adrien, Robert Vaughn, John Weber, and Mateo Colmenero. Story and photo by Ted Luebbers.
The Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 534 was invited to host the Sunday morning, pilots pancake breakfast at the “Seaplane-A-Palooza” splash-in held in Tavares, America’s Seaplane City, on Sunday April 8, 2018.
This two-day event was held as a prelude to Sun N’ Fun week which takes place in Lakeland and gives seaplane owners from around the country a chance to show off their amphibian and float planes.
The Tavares Seaplane Base is found downtown on Lake Dora. This seaplane base was almost totally destroyed in Hurricane Irma in September of 2017 but it is about to come back bigger and stronger than ever, thanks to the perseverance of the Tavares town fathers.
A number of aviation contests had to be cancelled on Saturday due to strong winds blowing off the lake. Despite this, everybody who attended had a good time showing off their planes and swapping flying stories.
EAA Chapter 534, based at the Leesburg International Airport at Leesburg, brought their mobile kitchen and served blueberry pancakes, sausage, coffee, and Florida Orange Juice from 9 to 11 AM.
The chapter has a lot of experience doing this kind of thing as they provide this service for their fly-ins as well as fly-ins for other airports around Central Florida. They have a team of chefs’ that work like a well-oiled machine. All this is done with a volunteer membership staff and they are paid by donations from those who attend.
If you would like to find out more about EAA Chapter 534 you may go to the following website.